1)      THE GIFT OF LISTENING – But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening

2)      THE GIFT OF AFFECTION – Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3)      THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER – Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

4)      THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE – It can be simple. “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5)      THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT – A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

6)      THE GIFT OF A FAVOR – Every day, go out of your way, to do something kind.

7)      THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE – There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8)      THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION – The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care.  Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND.

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